punkrockpub: I'd restore this stereo back to it's original condition!!! This is an audio gem!!! LOVE IT!!!
eric foster: My BSR is 34 years old and plays as good as if it where new. I have the tracking weight just above having it skip and all 150 of my records look like brand new. I also clean the stylus with a plastic model paint brush at each use to prevent skipping and to make it last longer. If you take a little care to them their not half bad. I also had one before this one , a 50's model I sold (doh!) that was even better.
Jerry Henderson: Sorry burntvalve, but BSRs were junk. Pioneer, Dual, that genre were the way to go if you actually care about your records.
TransportationSpecialties: No, BSR turntables of this vintage are NOT junk. As with most turntable manufacturers, they usually make at least several different models varying in features. The nicer the nice, the higher the price. If you think that your BSR is junk, the ones that are currently used in the retro phonographs, like Crosley, are junk and the cheapest piece of sh*t turntables out there. These are made in Asia under license from BSR.
MichaelHansenFUN: you can get a new needle at radio shack
Sebi's Random Tech: I have a Garrard BSR turntable from the 70's with 33, 45, and 78 RPM speeds. After I cleaned it up it worked really well.
MichaelHansenFUN: yes it does and it may work to a point...
MichaelHansenFUN: GREAT MUSIC!!!
MichaelHansenFUN: you may want to go to radio shack and get a new needle...
ENEMENCIO123VISION: thats INCREDIBLE!!!
Josh Richmond: I have used BSR turntables on and off all my life. No, they not fancy, but spend 20 minutes cleaning and lubing them and $7 on a new stylus, and they are reliable as hell. Definitely much better than modern Crosley type trash. Most have a screw to adjust the tracking weight or you can modify the tension spring under the arm. I use my Garrad TT that has a decent magnetic cartridge for transferring records to MP3 or CD and my BSR stuff just for casual listening.
Noah Covert: Looks like it has a cassette deck too.
Steven Majors: @burntvalve86 BSR are and were some of the best ever. IF you can find a BSR McDonald record/player u are getting one of the most reliable record players of all time.
Eclectik tronik: @awesible39 apply some heat to the central bearing with a hairdryer, this will ooosen it. unclip and lift off the platter,. clean off old hard grease and relube. check the motor spins whren you slide the switch to start, also the rubber drive wheel is not shiny on its edge, if so unclip and rub it with fine sandpaper or en emery board, clean and refit, You should be 'all set'!
Andrew Piras: Hey I have this same turntable on a similar set up, just got it at goodwill for 3 bucks but when i turn on the turntable it doesnt turn, im assuming its a motor problem but was wondering if u knew where I could get parts to fix mine up? any help would be greatly aprreciated
Ross Tvdoctor: AHAH! I see the can-o-WD-40 in the background! Be sure to apply it generously to the center shaft of turntable platter & the giant gear's spindle underneath it
Ross Tvdoctor: BSR= Bull crap Recordplayer....yeah, ok, they're great if you can remove all the cheap "glu-grease" from them (I've had the center post so siezed up I had to carefully heat the center with a soldering gun to get the platter off! Same goes with the cycle gear underneath the platter!) & re-lube with teflon lube....they're still all plastic, tho! Thier old (50's & early 60's) changers were decent, but I agree that these ones are usually trash
Nivicoman: In 1978 I got an Emerson table top stereo with BSR turntable exactly like this one. Ok sound, a couple of years later I heard someone's component system with the same turntable as a stand alone and it sounded way better. I don't know if it had a better cartridge as it looked identical to this one. The ceramic cartridge in my 1970 JVC Nivico 4TR-990 stereo console sounds way better than modern ceramics.
Maxxarcade: @burntvalve86 The standalone ones aren't bad. I'm referring to the cheap plastic ones that come on stereos like this one.
DeLorean4: Terrible machine... my BSR can't do anything right. The turntable surface goes up and down at every revolution, the audio hardly comes out of the right side, the thing spins too fast and you can constantly hear ambient noises through the tone arm. Oh... and the double sided ceramic needle... utter rubbish. My communist-made wind-up grammophone does a better job of spinning than the BSR.
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Playing a 78 rpm record on a cheap BSR turntable5
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